December 09, 2008

Brownie Chunk Cookies

The grass is green and the sun is shining in the above cookie picture so clearly it’s not exactly up to date. Recent photos show only white snowy blobs where summer used to be. I made these Brownie Chunk Cookies way back in August when I got my September issue of Bon Appetit. Since then they’ve sat idly by while post after post goes up without them. No longer! Brownie Chunk Cookies are here and they’re the best of both worlds, basically a chocolate chip cookie that’s had the chips replaced with brownie chunks. You can’t go wrong with that. The glutton in me loves them. If two things are good on their own, then logically they would be better together and these cookies prove that. The brownie recipe makes more than you’ll need for the cookies, but they freeze very well and make excellent ice cream sandwiches or sundae bases. And as the incessant carols on the radio, masses at the mall and snow on the ground keeps reminding me, we’re entering/in the holiday season and a new addition to the sweet tray is always welcome.

Brownie Chunk Cookies (from Bon Appetit, September 2008)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, broken into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 recipe (1/2 sheet) chilled Old Fashion Brownies, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (generous 4 cups)
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients, then walnuts. Gently fold in brownie cubes (brownies may crumble).
Spray 1/4- to 1/3-cup ice cream scoop with nonstick spray. Scoop batter; drop onto prepared sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart and spraying scoop with nonstick spray as needed. Using moist fingertips, flatten mounds to 1-inch thickness.
Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until just golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets.

18 comments:

Manggy said...

Brownies instead of chocolate chips? Goodness, that is genius :) I wonder what need they thought to fill when they created these? :D

RecipeGirl said...

I'm with Manggy. What a great idea to put brownies in cookies!

Maria said...

Two of my favorite things...all in one recipe!! Amazing!!!

Deborah said...

I'm sold - brownies and cookies! Yum!

Cakespy said...

This is just tempting fate...is it possible to have too much awesome in one treat?

...no. It is not. Off to the kitchen to make these!

Nazarina A said...

This is a very innovative idea and your pics. look so tasty

Esi said...

I so love this idea!! Combining the best of both worlds. Delicious

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

These cookies look obscenely wonderful!

Dana McCauley said...

What a crazy, fun,smart idea!

Claire said...

Mmmm...this is an interesting idea. Could be something to try!

Bellini Valli said...

What a novel idea!!!!!! As you said we have the best of both worlds in every bite!!

eliza said...

looks good and taste good, i bet!

Peabody said...

What a great invention! I have seen these before but seeing them again makes me need to make them!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Brownies in a cookie? Yes!! These look divine.

farida said...

Never heard of these before:) They look and sound delicious!!! Yum!

Foodista said...

This is sooo good! Love the idea, and glad that i came across your blog before I started baking my cookies! Love it!

Parker said...

These sound like heaven.

Dazy said...

I was looking for something creative like this. Then tried this awesome recipe. This recipe does not disappoint. It's a snap to prepare and really tasty.